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Poster: utopian Date: Mar 8, 2011 7:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The glory of >>I

Yes sdh

My trigger finger has become itchy in the digital age. Very different experience than my age old cassette etiquette, of Never ff to prevent stretching and straining the most rarest of trades.

Now my list of skips is getting scaringly long:

The Must Skips (starting to gag, possiblity of hives, wished I was deaf, running to the skip button)
Tennesee jed
Day job
Don't ease me in
Might as well
Round n round
Promised land
Touch of grey
Johnny be good
Biodtl
Us blues
Alabama getaway
Casey jones
High time

The Rather Nots (eyes may water, general mood dampened, but not medically taxing)
Sailor > saint
Mexicali
big river
Cc rider
Me & my uncle
Estimated

Truckin

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Poster: ice9freak Date: Mar 8, 2011 9:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The glory of >>I

Your inclusion of High Time blows my mind. Are you willing to explain because that there is a GREAT song.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Mar 8, 2011 9:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The glory of >>I

I agree with Utopian, but I will qualify that by saying it really depends on the mood at the time.

Yes, I agree it is an outstanding song, unlike many of the aforementioned Brent tunes and several Bobby products, but, and I say this carefully, if I'm in the mood for a rockin' show full of bounce and energy, High Time can certainly kill that quickly. As said before if I'm listening at home I will almost always let Hight Time roll over me like a comfortable blanket, but if I'm on the road and need to stay awake, HT is like a dose of Ambien the size of a Volswagen and is almost always passed on.

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2011-03-08 17:36:06

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Poster: utopian Date: Mar 8, 2011 10:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: the merrits, or not, of High Time

I would be glad to listen to any of your reccomendations to change my mind.

Nothing personal, but I just checked and still think the song sucks. From the start of the song jerrys slow paced downer notes,the odd chord progression, and the dreary lyrics- all would have me running to the bathroom if I was at a show.

High time is one of the slower songs in the deads entire catalog. While some of the balads; stella, black peter, wharf rat, even comes a time, all engage me, high time does not. (trying to think if I ever saw one live? think so?) somehow It reminds me of 'ill take a melody' by jgb. Just depressing for some reason.

Generally I like the Blistering funky jams of 77-83 dead. While i like the cream of early 70's shows, the sound at that time seems to dabble and lend more in the folk/country vibe, which is not my prefered vibe. Of course just my personal opinion, and I would not like to come off as one of those utterly annoying boo hooing soap box preachers trying to convince you of the merits, or not, of this or that.

please listen away to what you like....Just trying to explain, as requested.

peace

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Mar 9, 2011 7:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the merrits, or not, of High Time

I love HT. It can be dicey live, but RH lyrics and JG arrangement make, as Ring wrote, a gem. It's one of the few sad songs that stays melancholy in words and music throughout.

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Poster: ice9freak Date: Mar 8, 2011 11:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the merrits, or not, of High Time

Your opinions (utopian and SDH) are totally appreciated. I guess I've always just had a soft spot for the song as very few of the tunes in the Dead's live repertoire deal with heartbreak as directly (and poignantly) as High Time (to my ears at least).

5/6/81 is a very nice version that falls within your favored timespan, utopian. The whole show ain't too shabby, either.

This post was modified by ice9freak on 2011-03-08 19:19:39

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Mar 8, 2011 12:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the merrits, or not, of High Time

God, I think High Time is a gem. It's sort of medieval. I might concede the live versions are hit-and-miss.

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Poster: ice9freak Date: Mar 8, 2011 2:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the merrits, or not, of High Time

I'm listening to a "hit" right now: 8/13/91 Cal Expo. Not as good as the joyous Candyman at this show (who says only Bobby hams it up?), but this is certainly a strong High Time despite some questionable vocal harmonies. Jerry seems to be in a mid-to-slow tempo ballad mood during this set, with Sugaree, Candyman, and High Time being his only turns at the mic.

Here's to "High Time"s :)

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Mar 8, 2011 8:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The glory of >>I

When you've got the Skip Finger going (bad songs, tuning, banter, "step back", lame jokes, technical issues, any encore, etc.), it's often possible to get through an entire show in about an hour. When time is short, I'll go for quality over quantity any day.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Mar 8, 2011 9:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The glory of >>I

That's funny. Reminds me of the way my son and I watch the NBA. You can watch a 48 minute game in about and hour with a good skip finger.

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Poster: reviewr Date: Mar 8, 2011 8:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The glory of >>I

Ouch... With respect to every one's own opinion I hope you are only talking about early '80s.
Please try
Tennesee from '72
Don't Ease is always a nice encore for me
Round N Round from '73-'74
Johnny B Goode from '71
US Blues from Miami '74
High Time always
Sailor> Saint gives the '80s it's own character
Big River from '77
Me & My Uncle from '69
Estimated always
Truckin' from all of the '70s

I know the best might be over, but early '80's have a lot to offer: Shakedown, Stranger, Althea, Wharf Rat, and yes Rooster, etc.
My humble opinion.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Mar 8, 2011 9:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The glory of >>I

Wow, your list amazes me. I like everything on it except for CC Rider, and Day Job.

High Times?!?!